I wanted to do a traditional block with them. I just could not choose a pattern. Then, one day I saw a YouTube video by the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I love their videos. This one was how to make a Dresden Plate quilt. It looked so easy. You can see it here. So, when I was at JoAnn's last week I used a 40% off coupon to get the Easy Dresden tool.
In the video she uses 5" blocks to cut the pieces from. I just simply cut a 5" wide strip and then used my tool to cut the pieces. The directions that came with the tool also cut 5"strips. The cutting went very quickly.
Yesterday, after my quilt guild meeting I started the piecing. (I am always motivated by the beautiful quilts shown at my guild.) The blocks really are as easy to put together as it appears in the video. First you fold and sew across the wide end of the piece. I chain-pieced a lot of these, snipped apart, and turned. Then, I lined up the 20 pieces I needed for each Dresden plate. Here are some waiting on my sewing table ready to stitch together.
And, here was the result:I made a couple of plates and they both laid flat. I was so excited that they turned out so well. My husband loved that they looked like neckties. I plan for the centers to be cut from a solid yellow fabric I found in my stash last week. The background fabric is a white on white pin dot. The sashing will be from the 30's prints and the cornerstones will be from the solid yellow. I am trying to calculate how to make this a bed-sized quilt. I love it!